Beginner Ukulele Clinic





Are you an adult who would like to play but don’t know how to go about choosing and buying a uke or how to learn?

This clinic will be led by Liz DeBarros, a JHUI certified ukulele teacher, and will demonstrate the versatility of the ukulele, the different sizes of uke available and how to choose the correct one for you. You will also have a chance to learn some basic skills.

Spaces are limited for these clinics, so pre-registration is necessary, and there is a charge of $10, which can be redeemed against the purchase of a ukulele, package or uke accessories in the Store.

To Register, call the store at 250 933 1900

or email me at

Beginner Group Lessons

Our own Liz DeBarros will be starting “in person” Group Beginner Ukulele Lessons at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville.

If you’ve never played, have only recently started playing or have played for a while but need a “tune up” (pardon the pun) of your skills by going back to basics; this is the course for you.

There are six, one hour sessions, starting on Thursday September 16th, 2-3pm, and going to the end of October (No class on September 30th). For full details and to register go to Liz’s website



For all of you who have, perhaps, been neglecting your ukuleles, it’s time to dust them off.

Liz DeBarros has a couple of online Zoom workshops for you to get back into playing again.

Both aimed at Beginners or “uke neglecters”, these are the perfect way to get back into playing or improving your current skills.

COOL HAND UKE – or How To use your chord hand

Available online on  EITHER Thursday July 16th at 11am  OR Saturday July 18th at 11am via ZOOM

This 45 minute workshop looks at how to develop good chording skills. The importance of good posture, how to use your arm, elbow, wrist and fingers to produce clean sounding chords.

Develop skills to anticipate chord changes and make clean chord changes.

Fee is $15


Available online on EITHER Thursday July 25th at 11am OR Saturday July 25th at 11am via ZOOM

This 45 minute workshop introduces exercises, tips and tricks to help you learn new chords.

A new way to learn the Bb chord and why it is so useful

Fee is $15


Full details at

Ticket Sales Suspended

We have decided to suspend ticket sales for this year’s festival until we have more information regarding the COVID-19 situation. We hope to make a decision in May/June as the whether the Festival will be go ahead.

If you have already bought tickets, thank you. If we do feel that cancelling the Festival, in an abundance of caution, is the right way to go, you will receive a full refund.

Keep well, stay safe and uke on


We are adding a new event this year; a Sing and Strum to be held on Sunday March 22nd at The Neighbourhood Church, 4951, Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, between 2pm and 4pm

Doors will open at 2pm and you will be able to buy tickets for this year’s Festival being held on Friday September 18th & Saturday September 19th.

The Sing and Strum will be led by members of The Revolving Doors and chords and lyrics will be projected onto a screen, so you can leave your music stands at home. If you just want to sing, that’s OK too.

This is a free event but donations are welcome.

Anyone buying tickets for the Festival at this event will receive a free Nanaimo Ukulele Festival tote bag.

Not Long Now…

Just a few days to go before out third Festival at the Neighbourhood Church in Nanaimo. Tickets are flying out the door, so if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, don’t wait too long.

Online tickets sales will close at 10pm on Thursday September 12th. After that, you will only be able to purchase tickets at the venue from 6pm on Friday 13th September and 9.30am on Saturday 14th.

Reducing Plastic Bottle Use

In an effort to reduce the amount of plastics used at the Festival, we encourage you to bring you own reusable water bottle or container to the Festival.

We will have two water stations available for you to refill your bottles. If you forget your container, we can offer you a paper cup to use for the day, but you cannot take the cup into the Sanctuary or workshop rooms.